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Niagara University volunteers offer free income tax help

LEWISTON – Students at Niagara University will continue a 35-year tradition, offering free tax preparation assistance to members of the Niagara Falls community from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March in St. Vincent’s Hall, Room 205, on the Lewiston campus. The service will not be offered on March 24, due to the Easter break.

In addition there will be two Saturday sessions in Niagara Falls, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 and March 12.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Students in the program prepare and electronically file federal and state tax returns free of charge for elderly and low income taxpayers in the community.

In 2015, 75 student volunteers helped local residents file 425 tax returns, totaling more than $637,000 in federal and state refunds.

The program is coordinated by Ian Burt, a Niagara faculty member and certified public accountant, and members of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, and the university’s Accounting Society.

Appointments are accepted, but not necessary. Participants are asked to bring photo identification and their Social Security card.

More information is available by calling 286-7328 or online at www.niagara.edu/vita.